Kim Kotary

Kim K.

Ridgewood, NY

About Kim K.

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Kim teaches: Ages 8 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: March 1984
Last sign in: Yesterday


For creative people and makers, crafting is like going to the gym. You will find great fulfillment and a sense of accomplishment if you set aside time on a regular basis to nurture this very important part of what makes you who you are. Think of me like a personal trainer. I will encourage and inspire you while you develop your skills and express yourself through a variety of textile based media.

Private and group lessons or classes are provided in locations around the NYC area, in my space or via webcam. My focus is on providing an entertaining, relaxing and enjoyable experience as you learn a leisure time activity. I am extremely patient and detail oriented. When you let me know what you would like to learn or make, I will guide you through everything from selecting materials to fine tuning your technique. Take a lesson with me to find out why my students love me.

Teaching is a wonderful extension of my work as a professional crochet and knit designer and technical editor. A web search will reveal some of my published work over the last decade. As a craft teacher in the NYC area for over 8 years, I have worked with individuals, groups and classes of all ages and skill levels. Most of my experience focuses on working with older adults and people with special needs. Minors must have a supervising adult present. I do not work with groups of young children.

I have studied the history and mastered the skills to make and teach a vast variety of textile techniques. Please see my experience.

If you are using this site without the assistance of a TL Rep, I recommend the schedule as you go option. I often have openings in my calendar sooner than the site allows. After we make contact, we can choose the best date and time.

*** Lesson Details ***
Please let me know what you would like to learn or make before your lesson so that we may be fully prepared with any materials, tools, equipment, books or handouts. Students are expected to provide all their own tools and materials unless other arrangements are made.

Minimum duration for in-person lessons is 90 minutes. A surcharge may be added for travel outside of areas accessible by one MTA fare or expected travel time exceeding 90 minutes.

Minimum duration for lessons via webcam is 45 minutes.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Sewing machine
Knitting machine-bulky gauge
Ironing board and Iron
Cutting mat
and other miscellaneous craft tools, equipment and supplies.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Knitting needles, crochet hooks, stitch holders, scissors, knitting looms, glue guns, darning needles, sewing needles and thread and other miscellaneous crafting tools and supplies available by request. I will travel with my sewing machine if cab fare is provided in both directions.

*** Specialties ***
Textile based crafts including crochet, knitting, embroidery, sewing, patchwork, plastic canvas, needlepoint, counted cross stitch, bobbin lace, historic textile and costume conservation and storage, and more.

I also love to research and develop craft projects for classes or master techniques students would like to learn.

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Kim Kotary



Oct 2014 - Present
Community College

8 week Continuing Education Intermediate Crochet Course

Craft Teacher

Apr 2014 - Present

"In Stitches...with Kim K"
learn, practice and share your Crochet, Knitting and Sewing skills in a fun and caring atmosphere. Make things for yourself, gifts for friends and family, or charity items. Get help with your own projects and learn new skills. But, most of all - be inspired, feed your creativity and meet some new friends. Tools and materials will be provided to work on projects at the center, or bring your own that you can work on at home. Upcoming projects will be selected and announced in class at least one week ahead.

Hacemos las puntadas en Espanol, tambien.

Kim K is a profession craft instructor with over seven years experience working with older adults. Students often comment on Kim's kind and patient teaching style. She is also a published crochet and knit designer, technical editor and CYC certified instructor. Google her to see some of Kim's work.

Director: Leslie McCalla

Textile Conservator

Jan 2013 - Present
Kim K.

Textile conservator in private practice. My experience includes work on one of the largest privately held collections of kimonos in America. I restored the embroidery and stabilized areas of loss on kimonos averaging 150 years old.

I have also restored areas of loss and stabilized crocheted family heirlooms averaging 50 years old including lace tablecloths and afghans.

Photos are available upon request.

Craft Teacher

Oct 2008 - Present

Teach full day craft programs at libraries several times each year. Participants craft items that are donated to organizations like Head start and battered women's shelters.

Craft Teacher

Sep 2007 - Present
Adult Day Care

Provide crafting activities for adults with special needs and a variety of skill levels.

Openings are currently available for afternoon and evening programs.

Crochet & Knit Teacher

Jul 2007 - Present

I have taught classes for various businesses and organizations

Craft teacher

Jul 2007 - Present

Provide weekly craft classes free to anyone over age 55.
We currently rotate between knitting, crochet and sewing. The first hour of our class we have a group lesson or work on a group project. The second hour of our class is independent work time where anyone can get help with any project that interests them.

Tools and materials are provided to work on projects in class. If materials are provided, only completed projects may be taken home. If you want to work on your project at home, you must provide your own tools and materials.

Freelance Crochet and Knit Professional

Jun 2002 - Present
Kim K.

As a professional crochet and knit designer, I have designed, constructed and written patterns for more designs than I can count. I have worked with Vogue Knitting, Crochet Today, Your Knitting Life, Interweave Crochet, Family Circle, Knit 1, Crochet!, Crochet World and other magazines; Coats and Clark, Lion Brand, Caron and other yarn companies; Soho Publishing, Annie's Attic, Dynamic Resources Group (DRG), American School of Needlework, Leisure Arts and other publishing companies.

I have also worked as a technical editor in both crochet and knit for Soho Publishing, Crochet Today, Lion Brand, Interweave Crochet and private designers.

Assistant Workroom Supervisor

Mar 2003 - Mar 2005
Penn & Fletcher

Supervised and worked with 8-12 embroidery artisans to produce high end embroidery for interior designers, theater costume and film. My personal work can be seen in "The Aviator" and "Memoirs of a Geisha," among others. My skills include hand embroidery and tambour work.

Photos of select work available upon request.

Museum Curator

Jul 1994 - Aug 2000
Madison County Historical Society

My responsibilities included educational outreach programs, collections management, giving tours of an historic house museum, managing gift shop, research assistance, fund raising, grant writing, special event coordination, public relations, development, recruiting and supervising volunteers and interns, and general day-to-day management.


MA in Museum Studies: Costume and Textile Conservation and Curation

Aug 2000 - May 2002
Fashion Institute of Technology

BS in History with minors in French and Political Science

Aug 1990 - May 1994
The King's College

Languages Spoken


Limited Proficiency


Master Crocheter

Sep 2012
Crochet Guild of America

Certified Instructor

Sep 2007
Craft Yarn Council

Completed certified instructor programs in both crochet and knit.

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27 Reviews on Kim K.

Sulesa H. Oct 23, 2015
Sewing · Online
Verified Student
Great experience with Kim!!! Looking forward to the next class!!!
Katie C. Oct 23, 2015
Jewelry Design · Online
Verified Student
She really takes her time with you and thoroughly explains how to do each technique.
Deb Oct 21, 2015
Knitting · Online
Verified Student
Kim was very helpful with a pattern I was having trouble understanding. I highly recommend her.
Tamika A. Oct 12, 2015
Sewing · In home
Verified Student
had a great experience with Kim! she was able to assess my skill level, and meet me where I was at. she also provides a lot of information, so you are learning some fashion history as well. the truly valuable part of this lesson to me, is that she shows you how to use your machine, so you use it to it's full capacity. so improves the way you work so that you become more efficient.
Kelly Albright Oct 11, 2015
Sewing · Online
Verified Student
Great experience online! Learned some valuable tips. Looking forward to another lesson with Kim.
Alice D. Sep 30, 2015
Sewing · In home
Verified Student
Wonderful lesson!
Denise W. Sep 27, 2015
Crocheting · Online
Verified Student
I have a pattern I was trying to figure out. Kim was very patient with me. I didn't do any of the pre-work she sent as I didn't see the email but she never commented on it. (I just found it).
She is clearly knowledgable and helped me, as a visual learner, walk through the steps I needed to learn. She was able to fit me in quickly which I really appreciated and helped me get back on track. Kim is truly able to meet you where you are in your learning experience.
Nadra E. Aug 28, 2015
Sewing · Online
Verified Student
Today was my first class with my teacher Kim. It was great experience learning from her. She helped me in every step in cutting fabric the right way using pattern.
After taking this class i have no doubt that I will be able to learn even with skype session as the teacher knows how to deliver her skills and knowledge even on Web cam.
Also i am not very good at speaking English because I am not native speaker and my mother tongue is different from English but still the teacher was able to make me understand how should I proceed my project of making wash day apron.
She is very nice and has very good communication skills along with the knowledge she has about her subject (Sewing etc)
I will recommend this teacher to others too.
Bharathy Jayaraman Aug 22, 2015
Sewing · Online
Verified Student
She is remarkable. The most patient and great teacher. she is the best.
Linda S. Jul 30, 2015
Knitting · Online
Verified Student
Kim was great! Personable, patient, and very knowledgable.